By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire September 1, 2011 at 8:44AM
Today on indieWIRE, we told you what to watch out for next month, we spoke with up-and-comer Ami Canaan Mann, director of the Venice entry "Texas Killing Fields" and much more.
The 9 Indie Films You Must See This September
There’s a whopping 31 films listed on indieWIRE’s September calendar. From a cancer dramedy to a martial-arts family drama, check out indieWIRE‘s picks for the nine best options, and then check out the full calendar or iW’s fall movie preview; there’s many worthy films that didn’t make this list (including notable studio efforts like “Contagion” and “Moneyball”).
Critical Consensus: “Detective Dee” Is The Pick of the Week
Hark Tsui’s “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame” hits theaters this weekend, and it’s the pick of the week, according to the folks polled on criticWIRE.
FUTURES | Ami Canaan Mann Follows in Her Dad’s Uncompromising Footseps with “Texas Killing Fields”
Ami Canaan Mann, daughter to Michael Mann (“Heat,” “Public Enemies”), is one of this year’s most highly touted new talents behind the camera. Her feature film debut, “Texas Killing Fields,” starring Sam Worthington, Chloe Moretz and Jessica Chastain, world premieres at the Venice Film Festival and hits theaters October 14.
Werner Herzog’s “Abyss” Nabbed by Sundance Selects Ahead of Toronto Premiere
Ahead of its Toronto International Film Festival debut next week, Sundance Selects has picked up North American rights to Werner Herzog’s film, “Into the Abyss.” Selects, a sister division of IFC Films and IFC Midnight, released Herzog’s most recent box office hit, “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” which premiered at last year’s TIFF.
Madonna’s “W.E.” Gets Slammed at its Venice Film Festival Debut
When Madonna arrived in Venice today for the premiere of “W.E.,” her second feature as director, to a media frenzy, she was surely hoping the film would have a better reception than “Filth and Wisdom,” her critically challenged debut. Unfortunately, that isn’t going to be the case, and some critics have argued that the high-profile project might be even worse.
Suzanne Blech In, Robert Baruc Out as President of Screen Media Films
Suzanne Blech has been elevated from Executive VP of Screen Media Films to President, the company announced today.
iW’s Video of the Day: Malcolm McDowell Breathes & Jack Nicholson Smiles in Kubrick GIFs
Be prepared to be awestruck. With “The Lion King” (and every other film marketed towards children and meatheads) getting a 3D release and endless promises to one-up the cinematic gimmicks of William Castle, it’s always nice to be reminded that technology can enhance our filmgoing experiences.
Watch: The Sad and Somewhat Promising Trailer for Kenneth Lonergan’s Long-Delayed “Margaret”
It’s been 11 years since Kenneth Lonergan impressed us with his directorial debut, “You Can Count On Me.” He’s finally back with his sophomore effort, “Margaret,” which was shot way back in 2005. It finally opens in limited release on September 30 after struggles in the editing room (they shot it with a reportedly 300-page script).
Watch: Alessandro Nivola is a Messed-Up Rocker Dad to Sensible Abigail Breslin in “Janie Jones”
The coming-of-age rock drama “Janie Jones,” which had its premiere at Toronto 2010, will be released by Tribeca Film on October 27.
Venice Reviews "Carnage": Jodie Faster Coming Out On Top of Polanski’s Actors Showcase?
Reviews have landed for Roman Polanski’s "Carnage," playing at the Venice Film Festival.